Café Scientifique

Olav Krigolson speaking on the stage of a club while audience members listen
UVic's Olav Krigolson (Department of Exercise Science, Physical and Health Education) discusses "Why we do the dumb things that we do: the neuroscience of human decision making" at Hermann's Jazz Club, 2015.

The Café Scientifique series is an informal series of talks given in an relaxed setting such as a café. These talks are designed to engage the public in learning about recent research in science. The talks, which are given by experts in the field, provide an opportunity to stimulate discussion around some of the most exciting topics in modern science.

Café Scientifique is sponsored jointly by UVic's Office of the Vice President Research and the Faculty of Science and is hosted by the Centre for Biomedical Research and the Department of Physics and Astronomy. Health-related topics are co-funded by the Canadian Institutes for Health Research (CIHR).

Upcoming events

Tuesday, October 8, 2019

"Radiation Therapy of Cancer in a Flash: The Way Forward" by Dr. Magdalena Bazalova-Carter from the department of Physics and Astronomy

Tuesday October 15, 2019

"Taking Pride in Diversity in Engineering" by Emily Abelseth the President of the national non-profit EniQueers Canada

Tuesday, November 12, 2019

"The Rare Earth: Why we can't live without them" by Dr. Frank van Veggel from the Department of Chemistry

Tuesday, November 19, 2019

"Using Mobile Neuroscience Technology to Improve Brain Health and Performance" by Dr. Olav Krigolson from the department of Exercise Science and Physical Health


Recent past events

Podcasts of seminars may be available. Please contact us for more information about past or upcoming events.

  • Dr. Lucinda Leonard: “Messages from Above: Using Satellites to Learn About Future Earthquakes” (January 8, 2019)
  • Dr. Raquel Romay-Tallon: “Depression and Social Stigma, by Post Doctoral Fellow” (February 19, 2019)
  • Dr. Jay Cullen: “Fukushima and the Health of the Pacific Ocean: The Science and the Conspiracy Theories,” (March 12, 2019)
  • Juan C. Sanchez-Arias (MD, PhD candidate): “The Developing Brain: A Shapeshifting Powerhouse” (March 19, 2019)
  • Dr. Scott McIndoe: “Four months in the finest workshop in the world: a scientist with a licence to art” (April 9, 2019)
  • Dr. Hector Caruncho: “Schizophrenia and Society” (April 16, 2019)
  • Dr. Jon Willis: "20,000 Pings Under the Sea: An Astronomer’s Voyage on the Nautilus" (Septmber 10, 2019)

  • Dr. Josh Giles: "Engineering Recovery: Using biomechanics to improve orthopeadic outcomes" (November 20, 2018)
  • Dr. Julia Baum: "Corals and Climate Change: glimmers of Hope from an Ecological Crisis" (November 13, 2018)
  • Devika Chithrani: “Role of novel therapeutics in cancer treatment” (October 16, 2018)
  • Elaine Humphrey: “Adventures in Microscopy” (October 9, 2018)
  • Dr. Kim Venn: “Astronomical Archeology: The Early Universe, The First Stars and Big Telescopes" (September 11, 2018)
  • Alan McConnachie, NRC Herzberg: "Canada's Place in the Galaxy" (April 10, 2018)
  • Irina Paci: "Hey Siri, make me a new drug: How computers are changing chemistry and medicine" (April 17, 2018)
  • Olav Krigolson's Lab: "Tools of the Trade: An Interactive Evening with the Latest Technology in Neuroscience" (March 20, 2018)
  • Hector Caruncho: "Depressed about depression. Insights from translational neuroscience" (Jan. 16, 2018)
  • Olav Krigolson: "How we learn: Insights from Neuroscience Research" (Nov. 28, 2017)
  • Alona Fyshe: "Humans read. Computers read?" (Nov. 14, 2017)
  • Stephanie Willerth: "Can we cure spinal cord injury?" Engineering neural tissues from stem cells" (Oct. 24, 2017)
  • Nikolai Dechev: "Victoria Hand Project: Provision of 3D-printed prosthetic hands to amputees in low-to-middle income countries" (March 21, 2017)
  • Mohsen Akbari: "Tissue printing: A paradigm shift in organ regeneration" (Feb. 21, 2017)
  • Robert Smith: "The top ten diseases of all time" (Nov. 15, 2016)
  • Taryn Klarner: "Teaching an old spine new tricks" (Oct. 18, 2016)
  • Sandra Hundza and Marc Klimstra: "The Risky Business of Getting Older: Changes in Walking and Fall Risk" (April 19, 2016)
  • E. Paul Zehr and guests: "An Evening with Batman's Brain" (March 16, 2016)
  • Patrick Walter: "Iron Overload: Why too much of a good thing can be bad" (Feb. 9, 2016)